Welcome to Wildwater Canoeing

Wildwater Canoeing is a discipline of canoe racing, also known as Wildwater Racing and Whitewater Racing. The wildwater time trial is the purest of whitewater racing forms - the athlete, the river, the clock.

A racing performance is the result of physical conditioning, skill and harmony with the water - and is the only sport where social paddling is necessary to achieve a peak performance. Beautiful water, scenery and companionship make the Wild Water Racing experience compelling. The competitor is free to take whichever route on the river they desire, a freedom of racing unsurpassed in the whitewater world. 

Wildwater Canoeing is governed by the British Canoe Union, and managed through GB Canoeing.

Latest News

  • On Sunday 7th September, at the Burrs Activity Centre in Bury, this years Wavehopper Final took place. With the sun shining, the paddlers took to the water ready to decide this years winner. 
    Water levels were a little challenging, making route finding essential during practice. Despite this everyone tried hard and put in in some good runs, and importantly everyone enjoyed the race.
    Oakwood put in a good strong challenge, but ultimately weren't able to beat the team entered by Duddon, who once again won the Wavehopper Club Challenge.
    A big thank you to everyone who helped run the event, and of course to those who raced.


    Read more to see pictures from the event

  • The Wild Water Racing Annual Consultative Meeting will take place on Saturday the 4th October at 6.0pm. The meeting will be held in the British Canoeing Offices at the National Water Sports Centre, Adbolton Ln, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham NG12 2LU. This will be straight after the evening race on the wild water course at Holme Pierrepont

    The purpose of the meeting is for individuals and club representatives to be able to air questions and bring to the Wild Water Racing Executive committee’s attention any matters that they would like discussed at our future meetings. The Committee are open to suggestions as to how we can continue to improve our sport and competition for all levels of ability, from Wavehopper and Regional Competitions, right up to the highest level for those who compete and represent us at international events.

    We will be looking at how to improve participation and really grow our sport and always welcome new ideas and volunteers. If you have concerns, problems ( or helpful comment ) that you wish the committee to tackle then this is your platform to say something and please feel free to make proposals for voting on at the meeting. We have three rule changes currently on the agenda:  

  • Harefield Regional WWR, on Sunday 28th September, Kayak race in the morning, Canoes in the afternoon, Ideal entry level event; suitable for paddlers of all standards; Kayaks and canoe will be available to borrow, come along have fin and try something different. Details on www.thesharks.org.uk/wwr 


  • The Welsh open details are now up on the calendar.

    The risk assessment details can be found here and the mini-flyers can be found in the downloads here

  • A few changes on the calendar

    The Welsh Open has moved to December

    The Taff race has been postponed

    The training weekend on 6/7 December has been cancelled.

  • The proposed Dee Race and Welsh Open conflicted with a major international fishing festival and so we have moved a week later to the first full week in December. This will combine Classic individual and team races with a practice day on the Sunday. We will be running a regional race from below Serpent’s tail, as well as a team race and there will be the opportunity for free practice on the Sunday, so please come and join us.

    There will be a social evening and prize giving afterwards at the Chain Bridge Hotel so all are welcome.

    I’m delighted to say Canoe Wales are looking at running a number of Wild Water Canoeing races over the winter, including a new date for the Taff, so please watch out for updates.

  • The 2015 Calendar dates have now been published. here. Full details for each of the events will be available shortly.

  • The latest 2014 ranking list has been published here

  • The poor weather did not keep anyone away from the final race of the South Lakes WWR Summer series. 
    28 paddlers, including a couple from Bradford and Bingley CC, enjoyed the results of recent rain.
    The rain during the BBQ and prize giving was not so welcome but all seemed to enjoy the evening out.

Timing Strokes - River Synergy

Posted in Coaches Blog

As we come into the high performance race season, I thought it would be useful to remember one of the key techniques of WWR - Timing Strokes to waves.

The WWR manual has some useful resources, including video that covers these principles:

The principle of timing your paddle strokes to the waves is as applicable for the frantic pace of sprint as it is the classic.

Timing strokes to the waves involves placing the blade into the wave face, rather than the trough. Preferably just over the high point, but practically anywhere on the high point of the wave works.

When the strokes are timed to the waves there are a number of resulting behaviours:

Assessing changes

Posted in Coaches Blog

Forward power – how to assess changes in technique.

As coaches we are looking for the technique that gives the best power output.

We can break down forward paddling into its different parts but each paddler has their own style. Paddler and coach cannot always tell if a small change in technique has improved power.

I recently went out to a shoot on a local broken weir with one of our junior paddlers to do some hard moves on easy water and some endurance work trying to paddle up the weir. This works really well because as she begins to slow she starts dropping off the weir. She can steer across the wave using edge while maintaining power. (and I don’t have to keep up with her).

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